Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Hersey Hawkins … and Cameron Krutwig. Loyola Chicago senior in elite company and looking to head out the way he began.
CHICAGO– After a triumph previously this month at Indiana State, Loyola coach Porter Moser informed Cameron Krutwig he had something for the senior center on the group bus prior to the Ramblers headed back to Chicago’s Rogers Park community.
Krutwig was unaware. But when he got to the bus, he saw a group of socially distanced parents waiting to applaud him as Moser announced an achievement Krutwig didn’t know he had actually accomplished.
With 16 points, 8 rebounds and two helps in the 58-54 success over the Sycamores on Jan. 11, Krutwig joined some famous business as the 4th Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball gamer to tape-record 1,500 points, 800 rebounds and 300 helps in his career.
The other three: Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson, Indiana State’s Larry Bird and Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance is limited at many arenas. Indiana State enabled gamers’ families.
” I had no concept that (statistical classification) was a thing,” stated Krutwig, a fanatic of old-school hoops and Bird in specific. “Coach comes out there and, in front of all the parents, he revealed it. It would have been revealed full-house crowd (in pre-pandemic times). So it was a cool moment for me.”
Krutwig wants to have more remarkable moments as a senior. The Ramblers (13-3, 8-1) are on a six-game winning streak and undefeated at house going into an important two-game series Sunday and Monday at Missouri State (9-3, 5-3). The teams are second and third in the MVC behind Drake (15-0, 6-0).
The 6-foot-9 Krutwig, an Algonquin native and Jacobs graduate, was thrust into the limelight as a freshman starter on Loyola’s 2018 Last 4 group. He averaged 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds and was named the conference’s freshman of the year.
He has received as much recognition the last three years for his deft death– a rarity among big men– as his scoring. Moser has asked Krutwig to think of scoring more and passing less this season– an atypical demand for a coach to make of his star player.
” I desired him to be a little greedy,” Moser stated. “I desired him to bury men and be greedy on his post-ups.”